Petrolia took a 14-0 lead over Era in the District 9-A opener Friday night, but failed to stop three scoring drives by the Hornets for a 22-14 loss.
Will Morath broke free in the second quarter to score an 80-yard touchdown. The point-after kick failed, 14-0.
Era came alive in the third quarter, finding the end zone with a 56-yard pass play. Era added a two-point conversion. The Hornets added two more touchdown strikes in the fourth. Era intercepted a Petrolia pass and carried it 35 yards to score, then found pay dirt again on a 14-yard run.
Petrolia rushed 168 yards on 23 carries, and completed eight of 17 attempts for 81 yards. The Pirates tossed two interceptions. Morath carried the bulk of Petrolia’s rushing yards. Morath took the ball 17 times for 165 yards.
Era rushed 122 yards on 42 carries and passed for 61 yards on two of four attempts.